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Trump sides with Assange over intelligence community in tweet

Trump stands with Assange over IntelPresident-elect Donald Trump early Wednesday highlighted Julian Assange’s claim that Russia was not the source for stolen documents WikiLeaks released in the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election.

“Julian Assange said ‘a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta’ - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, and the Democratic National Committee.

TVNL Comment:  Assange will get a full pardon from Trump, - because he most probably has hacked Trump's tax reutns and other damning information.  Wait and see...

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Trump's claim of Russian hacking briefing delay disputed by U.S. officials

Trump lied about Intellegence community scheduleds conferenceDonald Trump has mocked U.S. intelligence agencies, citing an alleged delay in a briefing over Russian hacking, but officials said no such setback occurred.

Trump has repeatedly called into question whether Russia directed hacks against the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign to help Trump win the presidency -- an assertion alleged by the CIA, the FBI and 15 other intelligence agencies.

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Trump picks Wall Street lawyer Clayton for SEC

Jay Clayton nominated for SECPresident-elect Donald Trump wants Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to be chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Trump says in a statement that Clayton is "a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law." Trump says his nominee will work to ensure that financial institutions "can thrive and create jobs while playing by the rules at the same time."

The Senate must OK the nomination of Clayton, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Clayton is the latest Trump pick with deep ties to Wall Street — having represented Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Barclays Capital Inc.

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Marijuana advocates to hand out joints at Trump inauguration

Marijuana advocatesA group of marijuana legalization advocates plan to hand out thousands of joints during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Pro-marijuana organization DCMJ will begin distributing the 4,200 joints at 8 a.m. on Jan. 20 on the west side of Dupont Circle. The participants will then walk to the National Mall.

At four minutes and 20 seconds into Trump's speech, DCMJ founder Adam Eidinger says protesters will light up.

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NAACP protesters arrested after occupying Sen. Jeff Sessions’ office in Alabama

NAACP protets at Sessions' officeNAACP demonstrators were arrested after occupying the Mobile office of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, calling for him to turn down his controversial nomination to become the next U.S. Attorney General.

More than a dozen protesters entered the of around 11:30 a.m Tuesday, Bernard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, told the Daily News from Sessions’ office.

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Trump team seeks agency records on border barriers, surveillance

TrumpIn a wide-ranging request for documents and analysis, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team asked the Department of Homeland Security last month to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.

The team also asked about the department's capacity for expanding immigrant detention and about an aerial surveillance program that was scaled back by the Obama administration but remains popular with immigration hardliners. And it asked whether federal workers have altered biographic information kept by the department about immigrants out of concern for their civil liberties.

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Music Bruce Springsteen questions Donald Trump's competence

Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen has been candid about his dislike for President-elect Donald Trump before, and the “Born to Run” singer talked at length about his feelings on the upcoming presidency on a new episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

“I’ve felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now,” he said. “It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”

Springsteen previously called Trump a “toxic narcissist” in an October interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News, where he noted “he does have a lot of people’s ears, and I don’t think he’s going to go quietly, gently into the good night.”

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